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The Fate of a Nation George Washington and MacBeth were two historic figures who were influential in determining the fate of their nation Both were ambitious men living during perilous times yet each charted a different course for himself and his country when faced with the lure of power Washington fulfilled his ambitions by devoting his life to creating a nation while MacBeth was ignorant his responsibilities to his country in turn destroying it and himself Throughout his whole life Washington yearned for power As a young man he wanted this power as a British officer Later as a Virginia gentleman he sought power in the forms of honor and wealth His ultimate rise to power eventually came when he was pronounced general of the colonial militia in the war against Britain It was under his command that the colonial militia emerged victorious against the British However in defeating the British another threat to American democracy had been released This threat was Washington himself Washington had the colonial militia under his control He could have easily performed a coup dtat and seized control of the newly freed nation However Washingtons ambitions were not to become a dictator or king He believed that power did not come from controlling others but from the honor and respect that was given to him Washington knew that this power would only come from subordination to civilian authority He would be a precedent by being the first general to turn down his immense powers With these actions Washington assured the success of a new democratic nation MacBeth like Washington was power hungry and very successful in war However he felt that power came from wealth and control over his subordinates As a king MacBeth abused his power His first priority was to secure his own safety and not his countrys He does this by assassinating Banquo This action shows only concern for himself but not for his nation When he
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